Commuters bound for Dundee should be aware of major improvement works on the A972 Kingsway East later this month.
The £435,000 investment will see a 500m section of the eastbound carriageway from Forfar Road to Pitkerro Roundabout upgraded, as well as resurfacing at Pitkerro Roundabout and a section of the route from Longtown Road to Milton of Craigie Roundabout.
This section of the Kingsway in Dundee is used by around 12,600 vehicles every day and maintenance upgrades are now required.
The improvements will begin at 7.30am on Monday, October 31, and will take place over four weeks using a combination of day-time and overnight working, with the works due to be completed on Friday, November 25.
The works have been split into three sections along the Kingsway, with the route remaining open throughout the majority of the works. Traffic management will be in place for the safety of the workforce and road users during the scheme. Roadside signage will be placed in advance of the works to inform road users of potential disruption.
Forfar Road to Pitkerro Roundabout:
Two weeks of single lane closures from Monday, October 31.
Seven overnight closures Sunday, November 13, – Saturday, November 19, 7.30pm–6.30am
A single-lane closure will be in place on the eastbound carriageway of Kingsway East from Forfar Road Junction to the Pitkerro Roundabout for the first two weeks of the works to allow teams to complete the upgrades. As the improvements progress, the final resurfacing works will be carried out under a closure of the eastbound carriageway for seven nights so teams can safely resurface the route.
Two overnight closures, Sunday, November 20 – Monday, November 21, 7.30pm–6.30am
Pitkerro Roundabout will be resurfaced as part of the improvements and two overnight road closures will be implemented for safety during the works. Works will follow on from the improvements at Forfar Road and will be signed in advance. During the daytime the road will remain open.
Longtown Road to Milton of Craigie Roundabout:
Four overnight closures, Tuesday, November 22 – Friday, November 25, 7.30pm–6.30am
Resurfacing will be completed on a section of the route from Longtown Road to Milton of Craigie Roundabout. Four overnight road closures will be required to allow the works to be completed safely, and again these will follow the progress on Forfar Road and Pitkerro Roundabout. During the daytime the road will be open.
All local diversions will be signed in advance of the overnight works.
Consultation is ongoing with Dundee City Council, Police Scotland, Transport Scotland, local businesses, transport providers, local residents and other stakeholders in advance of the works to make them aware of the traffic management arrangements and to minimise any inconvenience.
Commenting on the improvements, Andy Thompson, BEAR Scotland’s North East Representative, said: “The reconstruction and resurfacing works for the Kingsway has been scheduled to take place over four weeks outwith the peak summer period to limit the impact to traffic.
“We’re also planning to carry out some of the works overnight under short road closures not just for safety but also to reduce the overall impact of the programme to motorists as much as possible, enabling our teams to complete the work quicker.
“We’ve worked with the local authority to ensure that any alternative diversion routes are as efficient as possible to make sure any disruption to overall journey times is limited.
“Whilst we will do all we can to minimise delays, we encourage motorists to plan their journeys in advance and leave some extra time to reach their destination.”
Real-time journey planning information can be obtained by visiting www.trafficscotland.org or twitter @trafficscotland.